__/ [ nessuno@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ] on Thursday 04 May 2006 15:55 \__
> "So, Microsoft is spending billions of dollars to fight off Google this
> coming year, and it is all for naught. The two things it needs, speed
> and friends, can't be bought. You can't throw engineers at a project
> and make it go faster. You can't throw the football team at a high
> school computer club and make friends."
Microsoft have liaised with Yahoo, as well as with Amazon (Alexa/A9) on
the face of it. Moreover, giants like eBay have been consulting Yahoo and
Microsoft. They all have a common fear: Google -- the US brain drain.
Microsoft cannot but friends, but it can throw large sums at startups and
seek projects with potential. Subsequently, the projects will be stamped
with the Microsoft logo and, in due time, be thrown to hell. It's mrely a
rapid 'code squeeze'. Use money you earned illegally within the bounds of
your monopoly in order to perpetuate it at the expense of others' hard
work. Only managers make the big bucks in such hostile takeover bids.
Ask Larry Qualig. His company was taken over by Microsoft. He no longer
works there. What's more, Microsoft has laid the project which he has
developed, Microsoft <- *cough* Frontpage, in the graveyard recently.
> Well, maybe you can't buy friends, but evidently you can buy trolls to
> disrupt cola.
I won't comment on this, but I will quote instead:
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| "Some years back, Microsoft practiced a lot of dirty tricks using
| online mavens to go into forums and create Web sites extolling the virtues
| of Windows over OS/2. They were dubbed the Microsoft Munchkins, and it
| was obvious who they were and what they were up to. But their numbers
| and energy (and they way they joined forces with nonaligned dummies who
| liked to pile on) proved too much for IBM marketers, and Windows won
| the operating-system war through fifth-column tactics"
| Mr Dvorak wonders if Microsoft is today using reverse-dirty-tricks
| to promote the Xbox 360: pay people to create Web sites that slam theg
| aming computer in order to provoke a barrage of defenders.
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